Censorship Issues – Censor Board, Banning films, etc

No proposal to ban junk food advertisements on television: Govt


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies & interventions for development in various sectors & issues arising out of their design & implementation

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Food and Beverage Alliance of India, FSSAI

Mains level: Rising use of junk food among children and its harmful effects

Advertisements of junk food on television

  1. The government has said there is no proposal at present to ban advertisements of junk food on television
  2. Alternatively, nine major food business operators have decided not to advertise products with high fat on children’s channels
  3. Bodies like the Food and Beverage Alliance of India (FBIA) have already decided to voluntarily restrict food and beverage advertisements concerning children

Expert group constituted by FSSAI

  1. Concerns are constantly being raised about junk food affecting the health of children
  2. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had constituted an expert group to address the issue of high fat, sugar and salt foods
  3. The expert group in its report made a recommendation regarding ban on food with high fat, sugar and salt advertising on children’s channels or during children shows


Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

  1. FSSAI is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
  2. The FSSAI is responsible for setting standards for food so that there is one body to deal with and no confusion in the minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers, and investors
  3. The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
  4. It  is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India
  5. The following are the statutory powers that the FSS Act, 2006 gives to the FSSAI
  • Framing of regulations to lay down food safety standards
  • Laying down guidelines for accreditation of laboratories for food testing
  • Providing scientific advice and technical support to the Central Government
  • Contributing to the development of international technical standards in food
  • Collecting and collating data regarding food consumption, contamination, emerging risks etc.
  • Disseminating information and promoting awareness about food safety and nutrition in India
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